The Good The RIM BlackBerry Curve 8330 for U.S. Cellular offers good call quality and strong messaging capabilities. The smartphone also has Bluetooth, EV-DO support, and a 2-megapixel camera with video recording.
The Bad You can't take full advantage of the Bluetooth or GPS capabilities since U.S. Cellular doesn't currently offer a location-based service or phone-as-a-modem plan.
The Bottom Line While lacking some advanced capabilities of the Sprint and Verizon Wireless versions, the RIM BlackBerry Curve 8330 for U.S. Cellular is still a good choice for customers in need of a solid messaging smartphone.
BlackBerry Curve 8330
The RIM BlackBerry Curve series has proven to be a popular line for Research in Motion, making its way to every major U.S. carrier and even regional service providers like U.S. Cellular. Like its larger CDMA brothers, Sprint and Verizon Wireless, U.S. Cellular landed itself the RIM BlackBerry Curve 8330 and in general, it offers many of the same great features and performance of the others. However, you do lose a bit in functionality since U.S. Cellular doesn't currently offer location-based services or phone-as-a-modem capabilities. That said, we found the BlackBerry Curve 8330 to be a solid communication device with strong messaging capabilities and good call quality that will meet the needs of U.S. Cellular's business customers. The RIM BlackBerry Curve 8330 for U.S. Cellular is available now for $99.95 with a two-year contract and after rebates and discounts.
The design of the U.S. Cellular RIM BlackBerry Curve 8330 is similar to the other BlackBerry Curve 8330 models. For more information, please read our review of the RIM BlackBerry Curve 8330 for Sprint.
U.S. Cellular offers the BlackBerry Curve in two colors--red or titanium--and packages the smatphone with an AC adapter, a USB cable, a wired stereo headset, a belt holster, a desktop software CD, and reference material. For more add-ons, please check out our cell phone accessories, ringtones, and help page.